Get your Health question answered in 3 easy steps
A Doctor will be with you shortly
Ask a Doctor Now
143 Doctors are Online

Fell from ladder, have bulged disc and mild disc desiccation with facetal hypertrophy. What does it mean?

I have done a MRI and it shows Disc bulge with mild disc desiccation impinging upon the thecal sac located at the T11-T12. What does this mean. I fall off a ladder and landed on a filing cabinet. My pain is radiating around to my ribs, chest, and left breast. For some reason they did a MRI on my lumbar but not my thoracic. in my lumbar it showed L4-L5 disc bulge with facetal hypertrophy causing bilateral neuroforminal compromise and the same at L5-S1. Then says the thecal sac ends at S2 and conus termination is at L1 level. Please hep me understand more.
Asked On : Sat, 22 Dec 2012
Answers:  1 Views:  113
Report Abuse
Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter
Share on Google+
Question is related to
Medical Topics
Neurologist, Surgical 's  Response
Hi Melissa,

Lets start from bottom! As far as where your thecal sac ends and conus terminates, there is nothing to worry because it is normal. You seem to have disc wear and tear at multiple levels. As far as the scan is concerned, the worse level is at the L4/5 and L5/S1 levels. However, the symptoms you describe cannot be explained by the T11/12 or Lower lumbar disc bulges. your symptoms should settle with simple pain killers. As far as your back is concerned, it may be useful to keep it fit and you can consider swimming or another appropriate back strengthening exercise program.

Hope this helps!
Answered: Thu, 27 Dec 2012
I find this answer helpful
Disclaimer: These answers are for your information only and not intended to replace your relationship with your treating physician.
This is a short, free answer. For a more detailed, immediate answer, try our premium service [Sample answer]


Loading Online Doctors....
© Ebix, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
All the information, content and live chat provided on the site is intended to be for informational purposes only, and not a substitute for professional or medical advice. You should always speak with your doctor before you follow anything that you read on this website. Any health question asked on this site will be visible to the people who browse this site. Hence, the user assumes the responsibility not to divulge any personally identifiable information in the question. Use of this site is subject to our Terms & Conditions
Already Rated.
Your rating:

Ask a Doctor